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Despite the fact that Smashing Pumpkins‘ frontman Billy Corgan demonstrates his daft sense of style with his signature floor length Prada-esque metallic skirt, striped socks and patent leather oxfords, fans of the band typically choose a more mainstream sense of style, opting for the comfort of a nondescript tshirt, Levis and Chuck Taylors.

The Pumpkins’ recent show at The Venue at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana, only served to firmly establish the premise that the Chicago area Pumpkins fans really dont care or know much about fashion. The predominantly male audience of twenty and thirtysomethings looked more akin to those attending a comic book or gaming convention, with oversized tshirts, ill-fitting jeans and New Balance running shoes. A smattering opted for the suburban mall look, sporting the tired Abercrombie/American Eagle buttondown and Rainbow flips. A daring few attempted the L.A. look by wearing Affliction or Ed Hardy, but failed to realize that saggy Levis and running shoes really do not complete that look.

Advertising the fact that your entire wardrobe comes from tired mall stores seemed to be the theme, with the female crowd choosing to go with the Charlotte Russe/Forever 21/Delia’s look. Although premium denim was more prominent with the women, there were more than a few ladies that needed a gentle reminder that muffin tops are not a fashion accessory. The most common denim of choice was Seven, followed by True Religion. Style of denim did not vary, as the ultra low rise flared was the only visible jean style. The women mirrored their male counterparts when it came to the shoe choice, as most had on flips or running shoes. Those carrying purses reaffirmed the run-of-the-mill shopping mall selection, as Coach and Dooney & Bourke were the hands down favorites. Those choosing to break the mold carried Juicy Couture.

Admittedly, the Midwest has never been known for its cutting edge style when it comes to fashion, as most dress mainly for function and convenience. However, it is ironic that such a fashion iconoclast like Billy Corgan can draw such fervent Midwestern fans who derive such little wardrobe inspiration from their idol.

******OK I would have taken pics, but I had to go take the camera back to the car because they didnt allow any cameras in the place 😦 think cause its a casino venue…..

But it was so much like Lolla, yucky clothes on rank fat people. I had on a Missoni tank tunic with leggings and my lovely Lambertson Truex ankle boots and I swear people looked at me like I was from Mars. oh well, theres noplace like New York for sure.

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